CHP delegation highlights persistent challenges in post-earthquake Hatay

CHP delegation highlights persistent challenges in post-earthquake Hatay
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The report sheds light on nutritional, housing, and health issues six months after the calamity.

A delegation from the (CHP) Republican People's Party has released a report elucidating the challenging conditions faced by the residents of Hatay in the aftermath of February's devastating earthquakes.

Comprising MPs and party officials, the delegation visited the province on August 15-16. They inspected tent cities, engaged with local organizations, and interacted with survivors. Their findings reveal significant concerns about the ongoing recovery efforts.

The report underscores the sporadic and insufficient food distribution, with some areas left without aid. Extended queues force residents, including the vulnerable elderly and disabled, to endure hours in the heat awaiting meals. There's also a notable scarcity of baby food.

In tent cities and makeshift containers, inadequate drainage leads to flooding and unsanitary living conditions. Access to clean and potable water is scarce. The spread of skin diseases and other infections is attributed to the lack of sanitation and the proximity to sewage waste.

The report indicates that the airport remains non-operational, public transportation is virtually absent, and many buildings, including 87 schools, are still pending demolition. The improper handling of asbestos and its dumping near populated zones are resulting in a surge of lung-related diseases.

To mitigate these challenges, the CHP has put forth solutions, including tax reliefs, economic stimuli, bonus payments for public officials, augmented municipal assistance, and a focus on reconstructing schools. They accentuate the imperative of sustained aid and vigilant oversight of the recovery initiatives in Hatay.